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Week-ending 7 October 2016


Supreme Court





St Petersburg





Right of assembly
On 4/10 the ECtHR ruled Russia must pay 12,500 euros compensation to Bolotnaya Square case defendant Yaroslav Belousov account of torture, unlawful detention, unfair trial, and being denied freedom of assembly. (Meduza, 4/10)

On 5/10 the Supreme Court annulled the records of arrest, conviction, and sentence of two activists prosecuted over the 2012 Bolotnaya Square demonstration. (RFE/RL, 5/10)

On 7/10 Viktor Kapitonov was violently detained by police when he tried to hold a legal solitary picket in memory of Anna Politkovskaya. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 8/10)

Right of association
On 4/10 the International Memorial Society said the Justice Ministry had designated it as a ‘foreign agent.’ Memorial said it will appeal the ruling in the courts. (RFE/RL, 4/10)

Freedom of expression
On 3/10, blogger and journalist Anton Nosik was fined 500,000 roubles for extremism over a post supporting the bombing of Syria. (Meduza, 3/10)

On 5/10 the Kremlin defended Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky for calling researchers who challenged official Soviet war-time history ‘washed-up scum.’ (The Moscow Times, 5/10)

On 5/10 St Petersburg administration adopted a regulation that city officials must report about their contacts with foreign entities every three months. (RFE/RL, 5/10)

On 7/10, Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, a correspondent of the Ukrinform news agency detained in Russia on 30/9, was charged with espionage. (RFE/RL, 7/10)

Freedom of conscience
On 5/10 Don Ossewaarde, a US Baptist missionary, lost his appeal after being prosecuted under controversial new anti-terrorism laws. (The Moscow Times, 5/10)

On 3/10 five Chechen men went on trial in Moscow accused of killing Boris Nemtsov. The defendants, allegedly contracted to carry out the killing, all deny the charges. (The Guardian, 3/10)

On 5/10 Ramzan Kadyrov was inaugurated for another term as head of the region of Chechnya following the elections on 18/9 in which he won more than 97% of the vote. (RFE/RL, 5/10)

On 6/10 the Speaker of the Chechen Parliament, Magomed Daudov, attacked Acting Chair of the Chechen Supreme Court, Tahir Murdalov, and demanded that he resign ‘due to health reasons,’ reports said. (The Moscow Times, 7/10)
Rights in Russia,
8 Oct 2016, 12:06